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"Blind Bats and Swamp Rats"
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Johnny Jenkins: Bat-Friendly

Zero to 180’s tribute to the world’s only flying mammal continues into its second day with a B-side from Johnny Jenkins — “Blind Bats and Swamp Rats“: “Blind Bats and Swamp Rats“ Johnny Jenkins (1970) Written by Jackie Avery “Blind Bats and Swamp Rats” can also be found on Jenkins’

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"Forever Young"
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Kitty Wells: Renegade Country Rocker

In that same October-November 2001 issue of No Depression, there was another piece that caught my ear — Bill Friskics-Warren‘s historical account that documented Kitty Wells‘ somewhat radical musical experiment with members of the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band in a brave attempt to inject her music with a

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"Goin' Up the Country"
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“Goin’ Up the Country”: The Duck & The Bear – and Duane

Interesting to learn that Canned Heat‘s big 1968 hit “Goin’ Up the Country” is basically a re-write of 1929’s “Bull Doze Blues” by Henry Thomas, down to the flute part (listen here). Vocalion (Jan. 1929) The next year, 1969, saw the single release of a spirited cover version by The

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"Congratulations Baby"
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“Congratulations Baby”: Marriage as Payback

Doris Duke (the singer, not the tobacco heiress) is getting married out of spite, and frankly, I think she’s making a big mistake: “Congratulations Baby“ Doris Duke (1969) This classic track is from 1969’s I’m a Loser, first solo album for the vocalist (who also sang backup on  Nina Simone‘s

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